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This focused series of sessions will address issues critical to the development and success of today’s field supervisors and project managers. Seeking ACI/TCA Tilt-Up Supervisor or Technician re-certification? Pick up continuing education hours at this event and skip the test!


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Dazzling Array of Architectural Treatments Using Formliners and Color Stains

September 28, 2019 from 7:00am to 8:00am


Dave Ellis

The design and construction industries are starting to take notice of the significant benefits realized when one uses tilt-up concrete with formliners and colored stains. Owners and builders are enjoying savings in cost and time, as prefabricated tilt-up panels with architectural finishes can be supplied considerably faster than traditional alternatives. This session will explain why many architects and designers are preferring the tilt-up methods that use formliners and colored stains. We will discuss the increased flexibility, vivid colors, and the higher level of quality control that can be achieved. High-end building owners, developers, and others are seeing the many benefits of using stains and formliners to enhance the aesthetic appeal of tilt-up concrete.

Taking Control of Your Construction Schedule - Achieving Concrete Strength When You Want It

September 28, 2019 from 9:30am to 10:30am

Marquis Ballroom D

Joseph A. Daczko, FACI

Chris Eagon

This presentation will cover the various strategies for developing concrete mixtures that can achieve required compressive strengths within 4-72 hours. We will discuss the optimal integration of mixture proportioning and chemical admixture technology to best satisfy all of the project demands. We will also discuss the impact of these proportions on the handling, placement and finishing of the concrete.

Surface Preparation of Tilt-Wall Panels Prior to Coating

September 28, 2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Marquis Ballroom D

Mike Tracy

Because of the casting and erection process of tilt-up construction, surface irregularities and aesthetic imperfections in the exposed surfaces are common. These conditions include spalls, gouges, cracks, dents, chips, bug holes and honeycombs. Such imperfections may occur on exterior or interior vertical surfaces and frequently require surface preparation before applying a paint or coating. In this session, we will discuss today’s engineered cement technologies that offer self-drying compounds that harden quickly via hydration and create tougher, more durable surfaces, while allowing for maximum working time.  

Embedded Thin Brick Veneer Design for Tilt-Up Panels

September 28, 2019 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Steve Kegley

This seminar will present a general introduction to thin brick veneer and the tilt-up process, including a brief history with successful installation examples. We will explain the product and its code compliance (based on tilt-up standards), compatible formliners, and design capabilities with thin brick veneer (such as brick coursing, product sizes, corners, shapes, and combinations of materials). We will also take a look into the future of component construction and the advantages of tilt-up moving into this new era.    

BIM for On-Budget Building Projects

September 28, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Jalpesh Patel

Brandon Botts, DBIA

In this session we will talk about applying 3D information modeling techniques to linear tilt-up building projects, providing an overview of both the benefits and challenges. A common misconception is that the solutions to problems that cause project delays and go over the budget are years away. This misconception causes detailers and engineers to overlook existing technologies that, combined with best practices in project management, can improve project outcomes. We aim to spark in-depth discussions of 3D information modeling techniques, potential applications, and best practices among tilt-up specialists.

Lift Day – Time, Money and Life Saving Tips and Tricks

September 28, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Barclay Gebel

We all know that the big day on a tilt-up job is the day that panel lifting commences. It is also one of the most critical events in time where all safety practices and procedures are adhered to in order to assure everyone's well being, and to provide the customer with the confidence in you, as well as the system of tilt-up construction. This program will discuss some of the impactful practices that will help for a safe and successful erection process, some of which may appear minor in nature, but can have significant impact on the outcome. Some of the topics we will discuss in detail include: Hazard identification, whether underground or overhead, Experience of crew and individual crew member assignments, Critical Lift Plan review, Limited Access Zones, Rigging identification and inspection, Sequencing and unusual circumstances, and several tips and tricks that are sure to save time, money and lives. With careful planning and consistent safety practices, we can all provide our internal and external customers with positive and rewarding experiences that will continue to enhance our industry and have them coming back for more!

Simplifying Tilt-Up Construction: The Facts About Welded Wire Reinforcement

September 28, 2019 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Tom Plowright

This presentation will explore the value of using welded wire reinforcement in tilt-up construction. Participants will learn the differences and similarities between conventional rebar and welded wire reinforcement. They will learn how welded wire reinforcement solves the time, quality and cost paradigm and discuss how to effectively stage and manage the material flow on the project.

Siphonic Roof Drainage: The Best VE Option Your Competitor Doesn't Know About

September 28, 2019 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Brennan Doherty, MIFAB

This course teaches the benefits of using siphonic drainage instead of the traditional methods that rely on gravity. Attendees will be able to understand a new method of roof drainage that utilizes smaller diameter pipes running with no pitch –  a roof drain that leads to an overall safer roof with less penetrations. We will also look at how to utilize siphonic drainage to be compliant with changes to code regarding the need to size the roof drain based on GPM.